Prostatitis – Prostate massage
Prostatitis is the inflammation (swelling) of the prostate gland. It can be very painful and distressing, but will often get better eventually.
The prostate is a small gland found in men that lies between the penis and bladder. It produces fluid that's mixed with sperm to create semen.
Unlike other prostate conditions, such as prostate enlargement or prostate cancer, which usually affect older men, prostatitis can develop in men of all ages. However, it commonly affects men aged between 30 and 50.
There are two main types of prostatitis:
Chronic prostatitis – where the symptoms come and go over a period of several months; it's the most common type; it's not usually caused by an infection.
Acute prostatitis – where the symptoms are severe and develop suddenly; it's rare but it can be serious and requires immediate treatment; it's always caused by an infection.
Acute prostatitis is usually caused when bacteria in the urinary tract enter the prostate. The urinary tract includes the bladder, kidneys, the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder (ureters), and the urethra.
In chronic prostatitis, signs of infection in the prostate gland can't usually be found. In these cases, the cause of symptoms isn't clear.
Prostate massage is drug-free alternative treatment for chronic prostatitis. Many men use prostate massage for prostatitis and general prostate health. It can be helpful for men with an enlarged prostate and are looking to improve sexual health.